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    Diverse ideas and perspectives benefit science—as studies amply demonstrate—yet progress toward equal representation of minority groups within the scientific community has been frustratingly slow.

    With that in mind, in July 2014, Scientific American launched Voices, a blog in our award-winning network that celebrates eclecticism in research, exploration and communication about science.

    We hope you will join us and invite you to send your ideas, thoughts, questions and comments to sciamblogs@sciam.com.
     

  • Making Astronomy Accessible for the Visually Impaired

    The author stands next to Solar System Radio Explorer Kiosk at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The kit allows users to learn about solar radio waves through hearing and touch. (Credit: William S. Leibman)

    A couple of years ago, one of my thesis mentors sought visually impaired scientists working at a major space science agency in the United States. I was surprised when he reported that there were several visually impaired engineers, but almost no visually impaired scientists like me. Physics, mathematics and astronomy are often regarded as highly [...]

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    Diversity in STEM: What It Is and Why It Matters

    Mural, 24th. Street, Chigago. (Seth Anderson via Flickr)

    Innovations resulting from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields have positively touched nearly every aspect of human life. Scientific innovations do not arise on their own; each is brought forth through the hard work and ingenuity of scientists. Therefore, the quality of the scientific research enterprise, and its ability to meet the needs of, [...]

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    Female Physicists Worldwide Fight Sexist Stereotypes

    Three physicists meet at the International Conference on Women in Physics August 5-8, 2014 in Waterloo, Canada.  Credit: Marina Milner-Bolotin/ICWIP

    Women in physics tend to be outnumbered by men nearly all over the world. For a few days in early August, however, it didn’t feel that way when I attended the International Conference on Women in Physics in Waterloo, Canada. Hundreds of women from about 50 countries gathered there for talks, posters and brainstorming sessions [...]

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    Science Media Beset with Gender Gaps

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    In the fall of 2005, I and a couple hundred other new students at Columbia University’s journalism school walked into a lecture hall for a series of welcome speeches, and two things happened that impressed me. I learned from one of the dean’s that somewhere around two-thirds of us were female. And Jill Abramson, who [...]

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    Diversity in Focus at Upcoming Science Writers Meeting

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    Calling all journalists, authors, editors, producers, public information officers, students and communicators with a passion for science, tech, engineering and mathematics! You are invited to attend the annual ScienceWriters conference, October 17-20, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) host the conference. The [...]

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    LEGO Reveals Female Scientist Minifigures

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    After much rejoicing at the news last month that LEGO would mass-produce a set of female scientist minifigures, the company has released a prototype of the final set to its original designer, Ellen Kooijman (a.k.a. Alatariel Elensar), who recently posted images of the box and individual parts on her blog. Kooijman, a Dutch isotope geochemist [...]

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    More and Better Science en Español: a Call to Action

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    Para leer esta entrada en Español, presione aquí. Few communities encompass as many challenges and opportunities as the 53 million Hispanics living in the United States. Hispanics or Latinos have the second highest poverty rate and the overall lowest educational attainment[1] [2] in the nation. They also have some of the lowest levels of science [...]

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    Welcome to Voices, a Blog to Celebrate Diversity

    Mural, 24th. Street, Chigago. (Seth Anderson via Flickr)

    Diverse ideas and perspectives benefit science—as studies amply demonstrate—yet progress can be frustratingly slow. We think it’s time to amplify the conversation. In 1985 about 57 percent of papers authored in the U.S. and published in scientific journals had exclusively “English” names. By 2008 that portion had dropped to 46 percent, with many more names [...]

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    LEGO to Produce Female Scientist Minifigure Set [Video]

    Two and a half years ago, the LEGO Corporation made a move that set into motion a chain of events that has led, circuitously but unambiguously, to the following exciting announcement, released yesterday via YouTube: In late summer or early fall of 2014, the company will release to the public an official set of female [...]

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    Women of the Periodic Table Quilt

    The Cambridge Science Festival (CSF) is an annual spectacle of more than 150 science-related events and activities taking place in and around Cambridge, Mass. during the month of April. This year, CSF organizers asked local artists, scientists, and science communicators to join forces for a STEAM project portraying “central elements” of science in an artistic [...]

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